Wednesday, January 26, 2011


A fun tidbit that I was urged to share:

Isaiah, my 4 year old, can read.

I think he actually started reading when he was 3.


Not read reading. But "bat" "mat" "pat" reading.  You know, the very very basics. It was exciting to see him sound out letters and ask questions about different words.

But then I started getting worried. Worried that I was teaching him wrong. Worried that he'd learn bad habits, or wouldn't learn to read the right way.

Whatever the right way of reading is.

So I started hunting around for early reading curriculum but could not decide what to choose. Beyond the thousands of options that are out there, I didn't want it to be too complicated (for me to teach!). And I didn't want to spend a ton of money in case we didn't like it, or it wasn't suitable, or I admit, in case I got frustrated and bailed out.

Then a dear friend (I wish I could tag her here, but she's not a blogger) recommended "Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons." Clear easy lessons all in one book. Each lesson 20 minutes long. No flashcards. No booklets. No tricky wording. Just 100 easy lessons to reading at a 2nd grade level. And all at the bargain price of $13.95? Wow.

It sounded perfect. Like just what I was looking for. In fact, it sounded too good to be true.

But I trusted this friend, and especially her teaching/homeschooling advice, so I found the book on (no I was not paid for this endorsement, but maybe someday...) and purchased it.

I was SO excited when it came in the mail. And was SO excited to get started. And so was Isaiah.

But the excitement we felt initially, pales in comparison to how excited I am now. We are half way through the book, and my son is reading like a pro.

Like. A. Pro.

I had really been dragging my feet about this homeschooling business. Convinced I would fail. Certain I wouldn't like it. Assured that it'd be like pulling teeth---for both of us.

Yes, I really felt worried about all those things. And admittedly, I still do. BUT!!!!!! my 4 year old can read! And by God's grace, I taught him!!

Yesterday he read a story that was 9 complete sentences long. Amazing!

I'm so thankful for finally feeling like this is something I can do. Thankful that when I was completely unsure of myself, God sent people, friends, parents, into my life to encourage and support me. And so very thankful that my son can read.


Rach said...

That's amazing! And you will do so great with homeschooling! :)

Dolly said...

I used that with Ruthie (Isaiah sounds exactly like she was) but Chandler was totally different.

Kathryn said...

Doll, I have the same feeling about Joshua. He just thinks and does things differently than Isaiah does. I'm not sure if reading will be as easy for him, or if this book will "work" again. But it's been SO fun to see Isaiah speed through it and excel. So... I'm hopeful for Joshua too. We'll see! :)

Pamela said...

I don't think there is anything more exciting than your child learning to read. It prepares them for life. I got over to my daughters and there's a stack of books she's reading--parenting books, marriage books, novels and Christing living...and I'm thankful all over again that she loves to read. I love that you care that your son learns to read right.

Grandma said...

Oh, Isaiah! Grandma is so proud of you. It was wonderful to hear you reading me a story over the phone! Keep up the good work!


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